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Integrity; Living Like a Jew

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The Hero

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Man Of The World

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Pro-Active Judaism

Parshas Vayeira 2013
Rabbi Yaacov Haber

The Sun Unsheathed

“He (Avraham) was sitting outside his tent as the day was hot” (Gen. 18:1) The Gemara (Bava Metzia 86b) explains that Hashem removed the sun from its sheath and the sun healed him. The Talmud (Avoda Zara 3) relates that when Moshiach comes the nations of the world will complain to God saying: “if you would have given us the opportunity to do mitzvos then we too would have done them faithfully as the Jews did. Hashem replies “I will give you one mitzvah, we shall see if you can do it”. He gives them the commandment of Sukkah. As soon as they made their Sukkos and got comfortable, G-d removed the sun from its sheath and made it unbearably hot, causing the people to kick the walls of the Sukkah and leave. The Gemara questions this incident: There is no obligation to sit in the Sukkah if it is causing one pain? Answers the Gemara, yes that is correct! There is however no excuse for kicking the walls. For that they lost their chance. This incident begs explanation. Hashem seems to be toying with the nations of the world, giving them a mitzvah, and then not giving them the circumstances to correctly perform the mitzvah. Furthermore, we find that Hashem removed sun from sheath and made excessive heat. Why the similarity in language? What’s the common thread?
Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Haber | 39.3 megabytes | 42:46

Relating to the World

Rabbi Yaacov Haber

Beginnings Part 9 - Yishmael & Yitzchak: The Missing Blessing

Rabbi Haber teaches how there is an amazing parallelism between the story of Yishmael and the story of Yitzchak. In this shiur, the Rav exposes the difficulties that Avraham, Sarah and Haggar had in the struggle to determine the destiny of the world. The universalism of Yishmael (and Avraham) vs. the constricted approach of Yitzchak (and Sarah) to Hashem’s plan for the world is the background to the whole problem of the “Missing Blessing.” Hashem makes it clear, says the Rav, that there is “No Two State Solution” and that the yerusha of the Jewish People (the centerpiece of creation) must go through Yitzchak. Hashem told Avraham to “Listen to your wife!” Sarah‘s vision was the correct one of completing the mission of correcting the chet of Adam HaRishon by starting with the “family” (the place where the tikun really must occur) rather than Avraham’s universal approach of trying to m’karev the whole world to the belief in Hashem. But, nevertheless, Yishmael will make G-d “known” to the world. However, Avraham was so confused about upon whom to confer the yerusha to which he was entrusted (that would fix Adam’s sin for the purpose of getting the whole world to believe in Hashem) that he never blessed either Yishmael or Yitzchak. The universalism approach of Mashiach ben Yosef vs the building of the eternal Beis HaMikdash (focusing on the family) of Mashiach ben Dovid is how the Rav sums up this story.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber | 49.3 megabytes | 01:11:48

Beginnings Part 8 - Avraham, His Wives & All Their Children

Rabbi Haber discusses the lives of Avraham, his wives, children and their family dynamics. The Jewish people are the “tweak” of the world. That is, we are the people who must adjust and fix the nature of human exigencies on creation to align it with Hashem’s plan. Avraham is universal, many nations lay claim to Avraham. Yitzchak was narrower, and Yaakov was narrower. The 12 tribes were narrower still than the Avos. The Jewish people of today are the result of all that tweaking. The point of the Jewish people’s function in Hashem’s plan is not that we should bring people to believe in G-D, (which is a good thing), but that we should make the world into a home (a resting place) for G-D’s presence. Yishmael is not the evil person that we usually think he is, he was actually a tzadik who was not only a good person, but he got along with his brother, Yitzchak, they were friends. The Rav further focuses on the dynamics of the relationship of Avraham Avinu with Sarah Imeinu and Hagar.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber | 47.5 megabytes | 01:09:12

Kedushas Shabbos Part 108 - Yishmael the Pera Adam

Rabbi Haber teaches the value of Yishmael and Avraham’s confusion about why he was ordained to have Yitzchak with Sarah. An unbelievable journey into the depths of the roots of the Jewish People in Avraham and Yitzchak and why, at the end of days, the separation of the energies of the world will be unified under Mashiach which will be the repair of the sin of Adam. Avraham’s tension over how to be m’taken the sin of Adam was assuaged by the birth of Yitzchak . Shabbos is our vehicle through which to rebuild unity of purpose in creation. Distinction is truth and light, but separation is falsehood. You must be able to see outside of yourself to know the truth! What is unity?
Rabbi Yaacov Haber | 34.4 megabytes | 00:50:11

Beginnings Part 5

A deeper look at the development of the family of man.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber | 43.8 megabytes | 01:03:50

Beginnings Part 4

A deeper look at the development of the family of man
Rabbi Yaacov Haber | 46.9 megabytes | 01:08:22

The Sun Unsheathed

Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Haber

Thinking Bigger

Rabbi Sender Haber

Look Not Upon the Storm

Rabbi Sender Haber

Hachnasas Orchim - Welcoming Guests

the laws and background of hospitality in Jewish law
Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Haber

Abraham’s Retirement Package

Just when most people say 'it's time to stop, retire, look out for myself' Abrahams life starts popping with altruism
Rabbi Yaacov Haber

Praying For Others

The following Dvar Torah was given at the Saranac Synagogue in Buffalo on Shabbat Vayera 5747, (1986), and transcribed from memory by Dr. Jeffery Zucker. We dedicate this essay to the memory of Jeff's mother Ita bat Shalom, A"H, who shares her Yortzeit with Rochel Imeinu. May her neshama have an aliya.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber

The Mayor Who Comes to Bar Mitzvas

Rabbi Sender Haber

Do Your Thing!

TorahLab

Where Do You Stand

The following drasha was given at the Saranac Synagogue in Buffalo on Shabbat Vayera, 5748 (1987), and transcribed from memory by Jeffery Zucker.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber

A Thought for the Week

Vayeira 5761 / 2000
Rabbi Yaacov Haber

A Thought for the Week

Vayeira 2001
Rabbi Yaacov Haber